Moving your site to production checklist

Drupal - Production Migration Process

When you are happy with your dev site and are ready to move to production, please follow submit a request via ITS Service Request form. Please choose "Web" as the category and "Move Website to Production" as the Web Option. Specifiy the URL of the dev site in the request. include the preferred subdomain for your site (e.g. <yoursite> in the des


This will trigger the following two approval processes automatically and you will be updated at every step.

  1. SF State Website Assessment
    Visit the SF State ATI website at to understand the accessibility requirements and the review process. This should be an iterative process and accessibility guidelines should be kept in mind when adding content.
  2. Branding requirements
    If your site is linked from then the new site must meet branding requirements and be approved by Strategic Marketing and Communications group. Since you are using the Drupal template, it should meet the branding requirements. Visit the Strategic Marketing and Communications website at for more details. Additional information can be found here regarding the SF State Template Website and University Logo Website.

Once the above two approvals are obtained, our team will be automatically notified and we will push the site to Production. We will keep you posted all through the process.

There are a few more steps we recommend you take to clean things up.

Recommended steps

If you are not migrating an existing site (eg. from or skip to "Set up search" section.

  1. Redirect from your old site
    Please e-mail to setup a redirect for your old URL. We will also walk you through how to link important pages directly to the new location.  Keep in mind if you have printed publications that include your old URL, we recommended setting up a redirect.
  2. Search who is linking to your site
    We strongly recommend contacting customers who are linking to the site. Notify them that the site is updated and that the links to the site have changed. 
    Tips to find out who is linking to your site
    In Google search, type link:<your-current-url> (e.g.:  link: Google will list all the indexed web pages that are linking in (both internal and external web pages).
    Another tool to find out the incoming links is 
  3. Update home page, A-Z Index, and other links
    If your site is listed on the home page, A-Z Index or other SF State pages, let us ( know the links need to be changed and we will forward the request to Web Team on your behalf.

Set up search

  1. Request a local Google site search
    If you would like a local Google site search that searches only your site content, please send an e-mail to with the site name and site URL. We will forward the request to Web Team on your behalf. Please allow up to five business days for the request to be processes.
  2. Schedule a search re-crawl
    We will send a re-crawl request to the Web Team on your behalf. If you had a custom collection for your old site, please send an e-mail to with the new URL. We will forward it to the Web Team so that they can update the collection to point to your new site.

Congratulations for getting your Drupal site up and running!